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My first encounter with one of the hornbills of Malaysia was in a fragmented forest, deep in the heart of Merapoh. Here, I was tasked with observation and data collection…
Do you love the rainforest and want to gain conservation and leadership skills?
Join us at our Merapoh Rainforest Station, on the borders of Malaysia’s Taman Negara (National Park) as a Rainforest Volunteer Co-ordinator. The conservation work is focused on anti-poaching patrols to protect tigers, elephants, sun bears, tapirs and other threatened species.
There is also a research team to study arboreal primates, birds and other iconic species. The community aspect includes supporting a semi-nomadic aboriginal tribe, called the Bateq. They make the rainforest their home, but also need skills to interact and survive in the modern world.
Role (Voluntary, Full time, Fixed Term)
As the Rainforest Volunteer Coordinator you will be responsible for helping the project leader to organize the volunteers during the programme. You will often be the first point of contact for participating volunteers. You will be expected to help on jungle trekking and research focused work, as well as teaching.
Key Duties as Rainforest Volunteer Co-ordinator:
Contact the volunteers at least 4 weeks before they arrive to confirm their arrival date and time and discuss suitable pick up arrangements and collect all passports for entrance permit application
Do you care about wildlife conservation and want to gain digital marketing skills? Application deadline: Ongoing, so apply now Location: Merapoh, Pahang, Malaysia Status: Volunteer internship Hours: Full-time Term: 6…
This post was updated on 14 July 2020
Communication is a vital part of conservation. It is needed within teams to achieve a common vision and goals, and it is necessary to address a wider audience. Although conservation science is evolving, not many conservationists have professional marketing communication skills. Through this pioneering conservation marketing study internship, we aim to nurture future ecological leaders as skillful communicators.
How to decide what is the right conservation career
‘What’s the right conservation career for me?’ is a question we’re commonly asked. Nature conservation is a diverse and expanding field, but there’s one common thread for all practitioners: an absolute passion for nature and its wildlife.
Apart from this closeness to nature, there are only a few other general traits, as there really is no definitive list of competencies for conservation professionals. Certainly, good communications skills to facilitate team work or engage different audiences are needed, as conservation is just as much about driving behaviour change as it is about wildlife management. Finally, perseverance is a much-needed attribute, in your job search and throughout your career, as it can feel like fighting a losing battle sometimes.
We want to share with you what we’ve learnt about conservation career paths. ‘What are the different types of conservation?’ and ‘How do you become a wildlife conservationist?’ are some of the most commonly asked questions from aspiring conservationists who volunteer on our conservation and community programs. Chances are, you’re asking similar questions, so here’s our shot at giving some advice:
Wildlife Conservation as a career is consistently growing
If someone says the words ‘conservation career’, most people picture a practical conservationist or ecologist out in the field. Field work and ecology are still going strong, but there are now other sectors that are expanding. Here are just some of the other career paths that conservationists take…